Should a politician resign to run for a different office

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Who should be required to resign to run for a different office?

  1. PRESIDENT

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  2. VICE PRESIDENT

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  3. GOVERNER

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  4. US SENATOR

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  5. US CONGRESSMAN

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  6. STATE SENATE/ASSEMBLY

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  7. OTHER

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  1. Salty

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    In post 71 (pg 8) on the thread entitled "Palin in the Oval office", Martin posted:

    Originally Posted by SALTCITYBAPTIST [​IMG]
    And I have a problem with someone who spends 2 1/2 years running for President while they are supposed to be a US Senator (Think Clinton & McCain). So for all that time New Yorkers and those in Ariz, did not have full representation in Congress.The question is "Which is the lessor of two evils"?
    ==I agree 100%. If a Senator, Congress person, Governor, etc, wishes to run for President or vice president they must resign their current position at the start of the campaign

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    Basically, I agree. We are paying these men to serve us, yet they are spending most of the time campaigning. I would exempt, the VEEP, as he usually is not running until the convention is over, and therefore is only running for about 3 months.

    So who do you think should be required to resign?
     
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  2. Salty

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    Anyone running for Statewide (Commonwealth wide) should be required to resign - upon filing with the elections commission - which would authorize to the candidate to collect campaign funds.
     
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    I would exempt anyone running for re-election to the same office that they currently hold.
     
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    I am for two term limits on any elected office.
     
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    I voted Other. If you want to run for another office, finish your term and then run a campaign to get into office. While in office they should focus on that office only and resignation shouldn't be an option.
     
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    Yes, I think they should resign. Another trick that goes on amongst our honorable politicians is to say, run as a Republican, be elected by the people, then change to Democrat in the middle of the term. My opinion is that if they change parties in the middle of a term, they should resign, then run in their new party next election.

    Should they resign before they are hauled off to jail.
     
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    What happened to "bo"? Didn't he spend all 4 years in the Senate running for president?
     
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    No, just 3 years and 10 months
     
  9. Martin

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    I answered all of the above by clicking in every box. These governors, senators, and congress people, etc, who run for office while taking tax payer money for a job they are not doing are dishonest to the core. This includes Palin since she ran for Vice President while being Governor of Alaska.
     
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    **snicker**
     
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    they could resign, or they could continue to collect the pay checks for a job they don't have time to actually do, you know, stealing form the tax payers. I think any politician who runs for a different office should resign rather then collect tax payer money for a job they aren't doing, automatically this is dishonest gain.
     
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    I stand corrected!:smilewinkgrin::BangHead:
     
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    I agree with you except for with Congress. I believe a senator should be permitted to run two terms which is 12 years. I think congress should also be permitted to run for no more than six terms. That equals to 12 years also. 24 years is a long enough political career. We don't need more Strom Thurmonds or Ted Kennedys who stay in office for years on end.

    Term limits would shake things up in the Senate & in Congress. Our whole country needs to be shaken up.

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    I didn't like how Senator Joe Lieberman ran for the Senate & as a Vice President at the same time. Joe Biden also did the same thing. That means then if they win, they have to hold another election to fill that vacancy. That would be a waste of the taxpayers time & money.

    If I am the governor of Alabama & in 2012 I'm up for re-election, I should have to decide which office to run for. Do I run for another term as governor or do I run for president? I don't believe a person should be allowed to run for both offices at the same time.
     
  14. Salty

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    It all boils down to seniority. Had Biden lost the VEEP, he would still have his Senate seat. And that would mean more power for Delaware!
    Term limits would take care of that. BTW, if a candidate can run for two offices, that is based on State or Commonwealth law. And those States or Commonwealths pass those laws for the purpose of longevity and power for their Senator or Congressman.
    As far as I understand, dual candidates are not permitted in New York :thumbs:
     
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    My reaoning is we do not need any career politicians. we do not need people going to college to take courses so as to prepare for a political, career. That is where the corruption falls into and it is unnecessary. Two terms on any and ll offices and then out. I dare say it will bring down campaign costs, the loss of influence among special interests, and personal agendas will be much harder to reach.
     
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    :thumbsup: Thumbs to Rev Mitchell.

    I would only add one thing - NO RETIREMENT PAY for elected officials.
     
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    DITTO!! :thumbs:
     
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    This would have been the effect of implementing this in the 2000 presidential campaign.

    These Republicans would have been forced to resign:

    Governor George W. Bush of Texas

    Senator John McCain of Arizona

    Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah

    Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire

    Representative John Kasich of Ohio


    This Democrat would have been forced to resign:

    Al Gore, Vice President of the United States

    The effect would have been a loss of 3 Republican seats in the Senate, one House seat, and one state house seat. The Democrats would have lost the VP. (What does the VP do anyway?)

    Would that have been desirable?
     
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    it is not desirable to pay a person who never shows up for work.
     
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    One of the main functions that the VP does is preside over the Senate. Anytime there is a tie between senators, he will cast the tie breaking vote. As I recall, Al Gore cast at least one tie breaker vote in 1998 or 1999. I can't remember what it was for, but I know I wasn't happy with it.
     

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